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NSF Grant Uses Macrosystems Approach to Determine Fate of Great Plains Wetlands Species


Distance matters. When a pond vanishes, the creatures who live there must find new homes. How far frogs, salamanders and ducks must travel to find other wetlands determines their fate. Through a $2.1 million National Science Foundation Grant,...
20-Oct-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Demand High for Engineers in Midwest


Engineering students preparing to take their sheepskin and depart into the world of change orders and service requests are finding no shortage of companies wanting to take their resumes. A record 105 companies manned booths that overflowed the...
10-Oct-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Hill Training Benefits Distance Runners


Most running magazines contain articles endorsing hill training for serious long distance runners, “but there was virtually no research to support it,” explained Derek Ferley, education and research coordinator at Avera Sports Institution. As...
2-Oct-2014 6:25 PM EDT

October Blizzard in Midwest Not Attributable to Climate Change


When the October blizzard hit western South Dakota, neither man nor beast was prepared. Amid changing climate conditions, what can we expect this year? Using climate modeling techniques, scientists from South Dakota and Idaho found no consensus...
29-Sep-2014 1:00 PM EDT

Increasing Nitrogen-Fixing Capacity of Soybeans


By manipulating the molecular mechanisms that regulate soybean nodules formation, assistant professor Senthil Subramanian hopes to develop soybeans that are more efficient in making nodules and fixing nitrogen. The South Dakota State University...
26-Sep-2014 5:00 PM EDT

Using Genetic Screening to Improve Korean White Wheat


Korean white winter wheat is particularly susceptible to preharvest sprouting, according to Dae Wook Kim, a scientist at National Institute of Crop Science in Suwaon, South Korea. Working with molecular biologist Jai Rohila at South Dakota State...
19-Sep-2014 11:40 AM EDT

NSF Scholarship Program Helps Fill Need for Math, Science Teachers


A nationwide shortage of science and math teacher puts rural Midwestern states in an even tougher position. “Finding qualified teachers has often been challenging for small schools, but now larger districts are also having problems,” noted...
10-Sep-2014 9:10 AM EDT

Ecologist Stresses Importance of Wetlands, Grasslands in Midwest


Wetlands may be the least understood ecosystem, but their value is immense, according to Distinguished Professor W. Carter Johnson of the South Dakota State University Department of Natural Resource Management. “Anything that affects them will...
5-Sep-2014 4:50 PM EDT

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Producing Fish Feed Ingredients Using Plant-Based Proteins


The use of expensive, marine-derived protein drives up the cost of high-quality fish feed. A South Dakota State University microbiologist and fisheries expert joined forces to produce fish feed ingredients from plant-based proteins, such as soybean...
11-Dec-2014 11:00 AM EST

Can Marital Quality Mitigate Stress of Caring for Ailing Family Member?


Caring for a chronically ill family member can impact the caregiver’s physical, biological and mental health, according to assistant professor SunWoo Kang of the South Dakota State University counseling and human development department. “Higher...
4-Dec-2014 1:00 PM EST

Scanning Robot Helps Put Insect Collections Online


A robot capable of scanning a tray of insect specimens in a few minutes will help make the virtual images and tagging information available online, according to South Dakota State University entomologist Paul Johnson, director of the...
21-Nov-2014 5:05 PM EST

Streamlining Thin Film Processing for Electrodes, Display Screens


Energy storage devices and computer screens may seem worlds apart, but they’re not. When associate professor Qi Hua Fan of the South Dakota State University electrical engineering and computer science department set out to make a less expensive...
21-Nov-2014 10:00 AM EST

Communities Support Wind Farms on the Prairies


When it comes to potential for wind energy, the Midwest has it. However, to harness that power communities will have to come to terms with a landscape dotted with wind towers. That’s a reality people are willing to accept, according assistant...
13-Nov-2014 10:00 AM EST

Catching Fall Foliage Colors Across America


Catching the fall foliage at its peak in the United States just became a little easier, thanks to the work of senior scientist Xiaoyang Zhang in the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence at South Dakota State University. He and research scientist...
3-Nov-2014 4:00 PM EST

New Influenza Virus Affects Cattle, Pigs


A new influenza virus, discovered in pigs and later found in cows, shares common ancestry with known influenza viruses, but is distinct enough that researchers have proposed calling it Type D Influenza. Three years ago Ben Hause, then a doctoral...
30-Oct-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Numbers Meets CSI: Qualifying Value of Forensic Evidence


Nick Stokes of CSI using fingerprints to identify the murdered and Charlie Eppes of Numbers solving crimes via mathematical equations lead many people to assume that forensic science is a highly technical field relying on experts that always have a...
24-Oct-2014 2:00 PM EDT

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